# Helix of a curve

From Diffgeom

## Definition

Let be a parametrized curve on a manifold . The *helix* or *spiral* of is a parametrized curve in that sends in the parameter domain to . In other words, the helix of a curve is the Cartesian product of the curve with the identity-parametrized curve.

Note that the above definition requires a parametrized curve. However, for a Riemannian manifold, any smooth curve in the manifold acquires a natural parametrization by arc-length, and we can thus give a natural choice of helix, or spiral, associated with the curve.

For a closed curve, viz a map , we construct the helix using the map that composes the *modulo* map with the curve parametrization.